Jack o' Roses
Sep 13, 2010 6:58pm
Re: Grateful Dead's Best Tours? - most painful episodes?
Please consider the caveat that my first show was 4/28/80, & I'm only considering tours that I saw a few shows of...:
Jerry's comeback Dec '86 Oakland home town tour! Thank God partying with Dylan in July '86 didn't kill him. Include the JGB shows & Go Ahead - [Dinner w/Weir & Barlow beats tofu dogs in the lot] - an awesome, *magical* time to visit the Bay!
The boys, to me, continued to mature on through...
Fall '89 (to me that tour went thru 12.31.91) - good Unique shows, most every one.
For earlier stuff that I didn't have the privilege to see I trust your, dare I say, leadership in pointing to the cream of the pre-retirement break (no offense to others who point out excellent pre-'80 stuff-thank you too!).
Yes, Summer '85 (you know my recent Cryptical remarks).
Summer '87 (non-Dylan) was a happy tour (Roanoke, Pitts, Alpine, Frost, Ventura) other than the indiscriminantors (spray-bottle people 'surprising' young kids, etc.).
God Bless us, the Grateful Dead Family, everyone.
ZITS & ALL
Now,in Summer '86 which was worse:
A. Short length of shows,
B. Jer's sickly playin (~losing the tempo), OR
C. Phil's lack of rumblin' in the Other One intro?
In '86, C. was most painful to me (e.g., http://www.archive.org/details/gd1986-06-29.beyerM88.connor.76557.flac16
Gimme the rumblin' intro...
Spring '95 - Jerry's peripheral (diabetic) neuropathy: B'ham - no playin' - hands on top of guitar - during Morning Dew (& why didn't Donna come out & sing?)
Dylan's on next week's "Pawn Stars?"